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February 2018, F&I and Showroom - WebXclusive

Fraud Alert: Dealer Loses $88K to ID Thief

By Brian Stout

A web-savvy sales manager made a sweet deal that went sour when the ‘buyer’ turned out to be a sophisticated online scammer.

February 2018, Auto Dealer Today - WebXclusive

Q&A: Fix Your Hiring Process and Reduce Turnover

By Tariq Kamal

Dealership hiring expert Scott Brinkman shares strategies and insights you can use to attract and retain quality applicants to build a highly qualified, diverse and productive workforce.

February 2018, Auto Dealer Today - Feature

3 Challenges Dealers Face in 2018

President Donald Trump’s first year in office was marked by soaring stock prices and a series of international incidents, leading to uncertain economic prospects in 2018. Photo by Gage Skidmore via Flickr

By Bill Wittenmyer

Big data, the economic and political landscape, and reputation management lead the list of pressing concerns for dealers heading into the new year.

Tags: Amazon.com, data, Donald Trump, economy, online reputation management

February 2018, Auto Dealer Today - Feature

How to Prioritize Your IT Budget

By Erik Nachbahr

A frank assessment of your current needs and future objectives can help you properly equip your dealership for less without sacrificing capacity.

February 2018, Auto Dealer Today - WebXclusive

Shifting Your Service Brand to Drive Customer Loyalty

By Colleen Harris

Marketing expert offers a three-point plan for capturing and engaging service-bound customers in today’s highly competitive environment.

Tags: CDK Global, Google, parts and service, SEO, service marketing

February 2018, Auto Dealer Today - WebXclusive

Hot or Hype? 5 Dealer Trends to Track

By Brent Tally

The industry is changing, but not as fast as the media would have you believe. Learn how alt-fuel vehicles, flex parking, a skilled-labor shortage and digital retailing will affect your facility planning.

February 2018, F&I and Showroom - WebXclusive

Q&A: Why You Mishandle Your Best Leads

By Tariq Kamal

Digital Air Strike’s Alexi Venneri discusses the results of the company’s latest mystery-shopping study and how dealers can improve the timing and quality of their responses.

February 2018, Auto Dealer Today - WebXclusive

Luther Automotive Targets HLV Customers

By Michael Murphey

Minnesota’s Luther Automotive Group is targeting high lifetime value customers to boost sales and drive revenue in the service department.

January 2018, Auto Dealer Today - WebXclusive

NLRB General Counsel Throws Dealers a Lifeline

By Dave Druzynski

President Trump’s pick for Labor Board general counsel just swung the pendulum back to an employer-friendly stance. Human resources expert weighs in.

Tags: employees, Human Resources, National Labor Relations Board, social media

January 2018, Auto Dealer Today - WebXclusive

How to Achieve Compliance Confidence

By Jay Seirmarco

Got three minutes? Read this three-part briefing on the agencies, topics and resources you need to know to avoid compliance issues in 2018.

January 2018, Auto Dealer Today - WebXclusive

Is Health Care Killing Your Profits?

By Steve Kelly

Open enrollment isn’t the only time to evaluate health care. Employee medical costs can have a major impact on your dealership’s bottom line, year-round.

January 2018, Auto Dealer Today - WebXclusive

How to Create a Killer Value Proposition

By Bill Wittenmyer

Create a competitive edge by discovering your dealership’s unique value proposition and sharing it with every prospective customer who visits your website.

January 2018, Auto Dealer Today - WebXclusive

6 Reasons Email Marketing Is Big Again

By Dean Martin

Looking for a new marketing channel in 2018? Take another look at email, a somewhat forgotten medium that offers a long list of compelling benefits.

January 2018, Auto Dealer Today - WebXclusive

4 Ways to Win Customers in 2018

By Gary Galloway

Learn how getting up to speed with voice search and other new marketing trends can help keep traffic flowing as new-vehicle sales plateau.

December 2017, Auto Dealer Today - WebXclusive

Your Dealership in 2018: Resolve to Innovate

By Keith Crerar

Learn how going mobile, rethinking social media, tracking customers, and exploring new apps and sales tools can bring true innovation to your dealership in 2018.

December 2017, Auto Dealer Today - WebXclusive

Hire Introverts to Increase Sales

By Mo Zahabi

Today's car buyers are more interested in resourcefulness than sales pitches, and dealers are hiring sales professionals whose personalities reflect those needs.

Tags: Employee Screening, employees, Hiring

November 2017, Auto Dealer Today - Feature

How to Escape the Tech Crunch

By Carl Bennett

The dealership of the future will run on seamless technology platforms that eliminate the need for standalone solutions.

Tags: dealers, Sales Tactics, technology

November 2017, Auto Dealer Today - WebXclusive

Find Technology That Supports Your Winning Strategy

By Paul Whitworth

Arm yourself with the three questions every dealer should ask of every technology provider.

October 2017, Auto Dealer Today - WebXclusive

NQDC Plans Help Dealers Attract and Retain Top Talent

By Tony Allison and Brian Brueggeman

Get the skinny on nonqualified deferred compensation plans and learn how they create a competitive advantage for dealers who wish to attract the best candidates and keep them on the payroll.

October 2017, Auto Dealer Today - WebXclusive

Create the Best Reward System for Your Team

By Mike Esposito

Rebuild your dealership's employee-recognition program by offering tangible, personally valuable rewards for a job well done.

September 2017, Auto Dealer Today - WebXclusive

How to Get an Unlimited Marketing Budget

By Denny Long

Break out of the budget trap and spend the money you need to generate more leads and sell more vehicles.

August 2017, Auto Dealer Today - WebXclusive

Focus on Fixed Ops: How to Thrive After Peak SAAR

By Jim Roche

When sales plateau, service and parts revenue becomes paramount. Use this three-part plan to optimize your fixed ops revenue.

August 2017, Auto Dealer Today - WebXclusive

Top 5 States for New Dealerships

By Vic Lance

Check out five states NADA Data indicates could be the ideal location for your next dealership.

August 2017, Auto Dealer Today - WebXclusive

Are Your Customers Smarter Than Your Salespeople?

By Patrick McMullen

Your sales pros need access to as much vehicle information as their customers do.

July 2017, Auto Dealer Today - WebXclusive

Q&A: Service Retention Is Your Lifeboat

By Tariq Kamal

Online appointment-scheduling is a good first step for dealers looking to improve the customer experience in the service lanes.

July 2017, Auto Dealer Today - WebXclusive

5 Things You Should Expect from a Tech Support Team

By Kurt Olnhausen

Dealer technology expert believes empathy, intelligence, attention to detail, a winning mindset, and teamwork are essential components of an effective tech support team.

Tags: Cox Automotive, Dealertrack, digital retailing, tech support, technology

June 2017, Auto Dealer Today - WebXclusive

Preparing for Hurricane Season

By Ira Silver and Mark R. Thaw

Hurricane season kicked off on June 1 for Florida and other states along the East Coast. Two accounting and financial planning experts offer tips on how to prepare for that and other natural disasters.

Tags: Emergency Preparedness, Hurricanes, Natural Disaster

June 2017, Auto Dealer Today - Feature

17 Tips for Effective Time Management

Photo: Getty Images

By Karen Bradley

Manage your time like an expert by prioritizing completing, delegating or deleting the many tasks that crowd your personal and professional calendar.

Tags: management, sales skills, training

June 2017, F&I and Showroom - WebXclusive

Don’t Fire Your Best F&I Manager

By Rahul Saxena

Looking to thin your F&I herd? Advanced analytics prove there are better ways to judge performance than PVR alone.

May 2017, Auto Dealer Today - WebXclusive

OEM Sales Quotas and the Dependable Dodge Decision

By Christian Scali and Monica Baumann

The owners of Dependable Dodge scored a judicial victory that further erodes manufacturers’ rights to ax franchises that don’t meet their sales quotas.

Tags: Dependable Dodge, disenfranchisement, Franchise Laws

March 2017, Auto Dealer Today - WebXclusive

Data Control and the DMS

By Tariq Kamal

Learn how Mike Esposito changed careers from engineering to auto retail and dealer software.

March 2017, Auto Dealer Today - WebXclusive

5 Ways Trump Can Alter Finance

President Donald Trump promised sweeping regulatory reform on the campaign trail and could play a pivotal role in easing or eliminating some regulations affecting the auto finance industry. Photo by Gage Skidmore

By by Christian Scali and Monica Baumann

Auto dealer regulations face an uncertain future under the Trump presidency. Two California-based attorneys take a look at the road ahead for the CFPB, the FTC, and state regulators.

March 2017, Auto Dealer Today - Feature

The Lost Art

By Tariq Kamal

The editor has seen the good, the bad and the ugly version of the vehicle walkaround.

Tags: Customer Experience, Sales Tactics

March 2017, Auto Dealer Today - WebXclusive

Tesla vs. Franchise: Weighing the Pros and Cons

By Todd Bryant

Todd Bryant ponders the implications of Tesla’s direct-sales model for car buyers and their communities, both of which have benefited from the franchise model.

Tags: Electric Vehicles, Franchise Laws, Franchised Dealerships, Tesla Motors

February 2017, Auto Dealer Today - Feature

All In on the Process

David Gesualdo

By David Gesualdo

The publisher seeks inspiration from men of vision but still relies on the alarm clock method to get business done.

Tags: business management, Sales Process

January 2017, Auto Dealer Today - WebXclusive

Set Your Cybersecurity Fears Aside

By Steve Cottrell

Have you received letters from your providers that were full of intimidating technical phrasings — things like 'unacceptable levels of risk/control' and 'data integrity issues'? Those terms certainly sound scary, but as Franklin D. Roosevelt once opined, 'The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.'

Tags: Authenticom, Cyber Security, DealerVault, DMS, DMS integration, Stephen Contrell

January 2017, Auto Dealer Today - WebXclusive

Service Advisors Are Working Overtime

By Jeffrey Brecher

The Ninth Circuit has reaffirmed that service advisors are not subject to exemption from overtime pay. Compliance expert unpacks Navarro v. Encino Motorcars LLC and the effect it could have on your fixed-ops budget.

Tags: compliance, Department of Labor, employment, Encino Motorcars, Hiring, Jeffrey Brecher, management, Overtime

December 2016, F&I and Showroom - WebXclusive

Hudson: My Job Application to Mr. Trump

By Thomas B. Hudson, Esq.

In response to rumors that President-elect Donald Trump is preparing to oust the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's director, the magazine’s legal eagle says he’s the right man for the job.

November 2016, F&I and Showroom - WebXclusive

NADA Economist: Trump Needs to Clarify Economic Policy Goals

By Steven Szakaly

NADA Chief Economist Steven Szakaly says a clear set of economic policy goals delivered before the New Year would go a long way to ensuring that any immediate uncertainties are smoothed over.

Tags: CFPB, Donald Trump, NADA, Steven Szakaly

October 2016, Auto Dealer Today - WebXclusive

How to Get Bonded With Bad Credit

Photo: Kevin Cabral

By Todd Bryant

Expert offers a six-point checklist for dealers who bring past credit challenges to the surety bond application process.

Tags: Accounting, Credit, Finance

September 2016, Auto Dealer Today - WebXclusive

Confessions of a DMS Expert

Sharon Kitzman

By Tariq Kamal

ADT gets the inside edge with Dealertrack DMS’s Sharon Kitzman.

Tags: Dealertrack, DMS

August 2016, F&I and Showroom - WebXclusive

Magazine Offers Details on Compliance Summit Program

By Tariq Kamal

Scheduled for Aug. 29-30, Compliance Summit is designed to deliver a crash course in federal regulations and enforcement action to help dealers, agents and industry execs build sustainable sales and F&I processes without sacrificing productivity and profitability.

Tags: ARMD resource Group, CNA National, Compli, compliance, Compliance Summit, Dealer Compliance Consultants, EFG Companies, F&I Express, gvo3 & Associates, Mosaic Compliance Consultants, NFADA, Reynolds & Reynolds, The Warranty Group, Total Dealer Compliance, UDS

August 2016, F&I and Showroom - WebXclusive

Certified for the Future

By James S. Ganther, Esq.

The magazine’s compliance pro breaks down Compliance Summit’s new certification component. He explains how it’s designed to address the industry’s true regulator.

Tags: CFPB, compliance, Compliance Summit, F&I manager, FTC, James Ganther

July 2016, Auto Dealer Today - Feature

The Boiling Point

David Gesualdo

By David Gesualdo

The Dealers’ Choice Awards reflect the will of the voters and the temperature of the industry.

Tags: Awards, Dealers Choice Award

May 2016, Auto Dealer Today - Cover Story

The Ratings Giant

Allen Turner’s Pensacola, Fla. Hyundai dealership beat out 800 competitors nationwide to earn DealerRater’s 2016 Dealer of the Year honors.  Photos by Caleb Pierce

By Tariq Kamal

Allen Turner credits his Hyundai store's 2016 Dealer of the Year award to a customer-first sales and service philosophy that has generated more than 1,000 positive reviews on DealerRater.

Tags: Dealer of the Year, dealers, Hyundai

April 2016, Auto Dealer Today - Feature

Take Control of Your Used-Car Inventory

By Bill Mokry

If you give your used units the attention they deserve, they will reward you with increased profits.

Tags: Dealership, Inventory Management, Used-Car Sales

April 2016, Auto Dealer Today - WebXclusive

How to Get Your Dealer License

Photo: James Pierce

By Todd Bryant

Expert offers a six-step plan for first-time auto dealers.

Tags: business tools, dealers, Legal, Regulations

March 2016, Auto Dealer Today - WebXclusive

What to Expect in 2016

The Honda Civic was the No. 1 leased vehicle in the U.S. last year, a sure sign that leasing’s popularity is no longer limited to the highline segment. Courtesy American Honda Motor Co.

By Vic Lance

Dealers have much to look forward to in 2016, a year in which new-car sales are expected to continue to rise and a number of other trends will affect the way you do business.

Tags: Autonomous Driving, Honda, leasing, new-vehicle sales, Regulations, Ride-Sharing, Trends

December 2015, Auto Dealer Today - Cover Story

Building an Online Empire

PHOTOS BY DAN MCCABE/REALCUSTOMER.COM

By Toni McQuilken

Toni Anne Fardette has taken Atlantic Auto Group’s BDC and digital marketing campaigns to the next level.

Tags: BDC, dealers, Online Marketing

December 2015, Auto Dealer Today - Feature

Consolidation Nation

By Stephanie Forshee

Berkshire Hathaway acquired 78 dealerships when it purchased the former Van Tuyl group this year, but it was only one of many recent mergers and acquisitions in the dealer space.

Tags: Berkshire Hathaway Automotive, Dealerships, merger and acquisition, Van Tuyl Group

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